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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos


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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 29, 2010 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Great topic and great contribution Cliff. I appreciate all the knowledge you consistently bring to the table.

Easy Wind, I think Bob played some of his best solos ever. 1970-09-20 at the Fillmore East he tears it up in probably the best version of Easy Wind ever played. You owe it to yourself to have a listen if you haven't heard it in some time:

Check out this NFA from the night before at the the Fillmore. Incredible interplay between Bob and Jerry, definitely worth a listen:

Bobby also did some great slide work on Minglewood and Little Red Rooster in the '80s.
Listen to this smokin' Minglewood from Red Rocks where Bob and Jerry switch leads a couple times throughout the song. It really shows Jerry ability to craft a solo after hearing Weir lead, however Bob's playing was still great. It's just that nobody can match Jerry. Plus, Bob was a primarily a rhythm guitarist and learned how to play with the band as opposed to other members who had more musical backgrounds. Anyway, Bob steps up and delivers a great solo here, but I feel like Jerry really shows him up when it switches back to Jerry. IMO Bob was a bit too repetitive when he played lead. His rhythm playing on the other hand is extremely unique and brilliant, and laid the groundwork for Jerry and the rest of the band to really shine.

The China>Rider jams he really showcased his abilities as well, more so in the early versions. Check out 1974-06-16 at Des Moines State Fair Grandstand. I can't find a copy to listen to online because the show was released as Road Trips Vol. 2 #3. If anybody wants a listen, let me know and I would be glad to upload the file. I managed to download a great sbd copy years ago before all the downloadable sbd's were pulled from the site.

Also, Dancin' in the Streets from 1970-02-14 (DP 4). I would gladly share this as well if anybody would like to hear it. Lots of great interplay between Bob and Jerry.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Oct 29, 2010 1:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Weir Solos

Dead on about the 9/20/70 Easy Wind! It's certainly among Weir's finest moments with a guitar in his hands, ever!

It's important to note that Jerry was obviously very cognisant of when Weir was in the zone. He had a knack for making room for Weir during these moments:

Bob was playing particularly well during the Europe '72 tour. Among a number of excellent passages from that tour is his performance in Aarhus, Denmark on 4/16/72. Check the last minutes of Truckin' as it segues into the Other One Jam, as Weir developes a gorgeous theme that he and Phil further exploit later in that jam, and then again in Paris on 5/3/72...